Minister Bruton conducts review of Career Guidance

22 January 2018 

Minister Bruton conducts review of Career Guidance

Career guidance in schools, higher education institutions and colleges of further education to be reviewed  

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. today announced a review of career guidance in post-primary schools, further education and training centres and higher education institutions. 

The purpose of the review is to ensure that we are providing a high quality, relevant career guidance support service to all students from post –primary level up to further and higher education. 

The review will look at the quality of information available to students in relation to career guidance, the sources of this information and how the system is organised to support students in this area. Over the course of the past two Budgets, the Government have restored 500 guidance posts. However, supporting the next generation to make good career choices also involves the wider community – our higher education institutions, employers and public service providers. We are fortunate our children have excellent role models, access to exciting emerging sectors and opportunities such as transition year work experience. This review will ensure that the broader community is providing high quality career guidance support to the next generation. 

Today’s announcement is a key action in the Ministers Action Plan for Education, which aims to make the Irish education and training service the best in Europe within a decade. High quality career guidance tools and career guidance information is essential if people are to make informed career choices and plan pathways through the education and training system that will create the best opportunities for them to fulfil their career ambitions. 

Launching the review, the Minister said, “If we want to be the best in Europe, we need to provide a career guidance service that provides people across the system with access to high quality career guidance tools and career guidance information. 

“As Minister, I want to ensure that there are many pathways for people to achieve their ambitions through our education and training system and relevant, comprehensive career guidance is important to guiding people through these pathways. I look forward to seeing the outcomes from this review, which is a priority if we are to make further progress in addressing the skills needs of individuals, enterprise and the economy.” 

The review will be guided by an expert steering group chaired by Professor Tom Collins, current chair of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) and Technological Higher Education Association (THEA). 

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